This year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, which recognizes the best Canadian novel or short story collection with an annual prize of $25,000, turns 20. To mark two decades of Canlit achievment, Chatelaine asked nominees from 1996 to 2016 for their all-time favourite works of home-grown fiction. Click below to see who loves what — and the books you’ll be ordering ASAP. (Hint: Reading Mavis Gallant is basically a patriotic duty.)
This year’s winners will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto on November 2.
Anosh Irani is nominated this year for The Parcel, the powerful story of a hijra, a person belonging to the third sex, in Bombay’s red-light district.
Irani’s pick: “A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It’s such an intimate epic. Its scope is tremendous — it reflects the injustice of a nation through the inner lives of four characters: a young Parsi man, an older Parsi woman, and two tailors — but at no point does it lose its humanity. When I first read this novel, it made my insides churn, but it also came with the luminescence that only the highest forms of art can offer.”